The stone cottage is one of 2 semi's and one of the original houses in town; it was recently fully renovated.
It is located in the upper part of the tiny town and the mountain with walking paths is 2 streets behind the house. The whole town is surrounded by green nature and all is in easy walking distance.
The cottage has a kitchen, bathroom, an open plan dining room/lounge with a fire place and two bedrooms. Out front is a stoep and a large fire pit in the back in a well-established garden.
The cottage is decorated with a simple artistic flair and perfect for peace and quiet. There is no TV or WiFi.
The kitchen is fully equipped including basics such as a microwave, gas-stove with oven, cutlery and cooking utensilts, cleaning material and an automatic washing machine.
The bathroom contains a deep tub and a shower.
The two bedrooms each has a double-bed with plenty of pillows, extra blankets and a heater. One of the bedrooms opens up onto the front stoep.
The open plan dining room/lounge has a 4-seater dining room table and chairs.
The lounge area has a working fire-place, large couch and two arm chairs. It opens up onto the stoep that has chairs. The stoep also has hooks in which to hang a hammock that is provided in the house.
The large fire-pit is where you can braai, or simply sit around the fire and 'kuier’. There is also a smaller outside brazier, braai and potjie available.
We’ve made sure to stock the house with day-hiking things such as a day hiking back-pack and water bottles. Colour printed maps showing the walking trails is also provided.
About Waterval Boven
Waterval Boven (Boven) is a very small, historical railway town on Mpumalanga’s escarpment surrounded by mountains, cliffs, streams and waterfalls. It is known world-wide for its rock-climbing and also popular with mountain-bikers, hikers and for fly-fishing. International and local climbers are attracted by a selection of over 800 climbing routes.
You do not need to be an adventurer or climber to enjoy the surrounding scenery. The area has a number of walking trails from easy to moderate, you determine the length, or you can just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.
In its earlier years, Boven was well-known for its steam trains and was a major station on-route to Mozambique. Goods trains regularly pass through, to and from Maputo, and can be spotted slowly passing through the windy train tracks and against the cliffs.
Things to do within 10 minutes of the house:
Trout fishing and picnicking:
Troutways is a trout farm and a short drive from the house (less than 5 mins), and has 4 well-stocked trout dams. Take the cottage’s picnic basket and enjoy the green rolling lawns next to the dams. A quick search will provide other trout fishing options in The Machadodorp and Dullstroom areas.
Depending on your energy, take a walk/stroll into the mountains and valleys. There is a large koppie 2 streets behind the house and the starting point is within 5 minutes walk from the house. Both walking and cycling routes are clearly laid out.
Or take a short drive out to Tranquilitas (8 kilometers) and take an easy walk (or jog) along the ridge of the cliff. The scenery is worth it.
Abseiling down the Waterval:
At about 80 metres, it is one of the highest waterfalls in the country and you should not miss it. If you don’t feel like the adrenaline rush, you can walk to the look-out point; drive through the tunnel towards Nelspruit and park just the other side of the tunnel. You can then walk to the look-out point. Contact RocNRope.
Visit Krugerhof in Waterval Onder:
President Paul Kruger once stayed in Waterval Onder on his way to Maputo and eventual exile. The house is now a museum.
Five Arch Bridge:
It was declared a monument in 1963 and is constructed of stone cut in Itay. The bridge carried the famous “Eastern Line” railway track across the precipitous gorge of the Dwaalheuwelspruit. It opened to rail traffic on June 20, 1984 and the line ran along the bridge until it was no longer needed. It was then converted to a road bridge and served as such for many years until the construction of the new tunnel next to the old NZASM Tunnel.
View one of the old original steam trains:
Boven has one of the last remaining steam locomotives in the country, and although it is no longer in use, it is a well-known icon still associated with the town. You can view it in one of the railroad yards close by.
Mountain-biking (easy to difficult):
Tranquilitas is a well-known camp for climbers, hikers and mountain-bikers. They rent out well-maintained and sturdy mountain bikes and there are numerous mountain bike trails crisscrossing in and out of the forests with many stop-points with good views over the valleys along the way. Clearly marked, colour coordinated routes range from easy (6 km’s) to 30 km’s. To rent is bicycle for the day is about R180 and includes the permit to ride on the forest routes.
Swim in rivers and below waterfalls:
A river literally runs through the bottom end of the town and curves around the town towards the Five Arches bridge. Follow the river bank and swim in one of the larger rock pools, or find one of the waterfalls just below Elandskrans and have an outside shower.
Watch the rock-climbers:
The most popular rock-climbing spots is just below the Tranquilitas adventure camp and within 10 minutes of parking the car, a short walk through the indigenous forest will take you to the base where the rock climbers start their upward climb.
Join the rock-climbers:
If you’re already an experienced rock-climber and know the area, you probably know all the climbing routes and locals. If you’re not, and want to try it out, contact RocNRope who offer guided rock-climbing tours and abseiling down the waterfall.
Have sundowners on the escarpment at Tranquilitas:
Park at Tranquilitas and take a 10-minute stroll along one of the cliff paths with your coolerbox. Find an overhanging rock and watch the sun set.
Things to do 40 minutes or further away:
Dullstroom: 40 minutes away. Best known for its trendy shops and eateries and locally brewed beer.
Nelspruit and Kruger National Park: It’s an hour to Nelspruit either along the N4 or via the Schoemanskloof road .
Badplaas: 40 minutes away. Well-known for its spa-resort with indoor and outdoor heated pools.
Kaapsche Hoop: 45 minutes away. Highly recommended! High up in mountains surrounded by forests, the quaint village is home to the now famous wild horses and has a variety of restaurants and shops. The Bohemian Groove Café as you drive into town is a personal favorite. An easy walk, through the rock formations leads to the edge of the escarpment looking towards Nelspruit.
Saragossa Game Farm along the N4 towards Nelspruit: They offer day visitors guided hikes and game drives.
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